Heartland In Studio

Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet perform in the Radio Heartland studio


Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet at Radio Heartland

By day, Erik Brandt teaches high school English. But when he's not in front of the class, he's often performing music -- either as a solo act, or with his band, The Urban Hillbilly Quartet. Back with their first recording of original music in a decade, Erik Brandt and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet stopped in to our studio to play some of the new tunes.

Oak Center General Store: a landmark music venue at the crossroads


Oak Center General Store

'It's a truly unique venue,' says Barbara Jean of Dusty Heart, describing Oak Center General Store. 'The room itself feels like a cross between an old saloon and a barn loft -- everything from the ceiling to the creaking floor boards is wooden, with an old potbelly stove crackling and cranking out heat from the back of the room.' How much longer the venue will continue to operate is the big question.

Caroline Cotter performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Caroline Cotter performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Caroline Cotter's new release, 'Home on the River,' hit shelves in February, and Cotter slowed down her tour long enough to stop in the Radio Heartland studio, along with singer-songwriter Michael Howard, to play a few songs from the new record.

Dead Horses new album, 'My Mother The Moon'


Dead Horses

Milwaukee-based Americana duo Dead Horses' new album, 'My Mother the Moon,' comes out Friday, April 6. Before then, enjoy our exclusive stream of the album in its entirety.

Cry Cry Cry perform in the Radio Heartland studio


Cry Cry Cry perform in the Radio Heartland studio

Twenty years ago, Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams put their solo careers on hold for bit to record and album and tour together as the supergroup, Cry Cry Cry. Last summer, the three friends agreed to reunite and even to do a reunion tour. That tour made a welcome stop in the Radio Heartland studio.

Dusty Heart perform in the Radio Heartland studio


Dusty Heart perform in The Current's studio

It was almost exactly two years ago when Molly Dean and Barbara Jean were in the Radio Heartland studio playing a few tunes as a relatively new duo, Dusty Heart. Spring ahead to now, and Dusty Heart are back in the studio with new tunes from their debut album.

Letitia VanSant performs in the Radio Heartland studio


Letitia VanSant performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Baltimore-based Letitia VanSant courageously left a comfortable 9-to-5 job to set out on a new career as a singer-songwriter. Her debut album, 'Gut It To The Studs,' has just been released. VanSant and her musical partner David McKindley-Ward were in Minnesota on their most recent road trip and stopped in the Radio Heartland studio for a session hosted by Mike Pengra.

Video Premiere: 'Fools Were Made to Be Broken' by the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers


The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

Americana duo the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers have a new album on the way, 'Don't Think About Tomorrow Tonight.' In the run-up to the album's release, the Sapsuckers are debuting a new video for the lead single, 'Fools Were Made to Be Broken.' The video was largely shot on location at the Hi-Lo Diner in Minneapolis.